Dec 26, 2012 4:00am PST
disaster. >>> six days to go before the fiscal cliff deadline and tomorrow could be make or break in determining if we steer clear or go over the edge. president obama is cutting his hawaiian vacation short and is leaving tonight and will be back tomorrow. that is when the house and senate is expected to reconvene. >>> starbucks weighing in with the own fiscal cliff campaign. workers at 120 d.c. area stores are asked to write this on their cup. come together. yeah, he says it's a way to send elected official as a respectful but potent message, urging them to come together to fin common ground. not grounds, ground. >> all of the bickering in washington, all it will take is a cup at starbucks, i think it will push everybody over the edge. get a deal. >>> ahead, a u.s. marine who languished in a mexican prison for months, gets to spend the holidays at home with his family. >>> coming up, we'll talk to one of the lawmaker who's helped win his release. you're watching "starting point." ♪ everybody well don't you know it's me now? ♪ ♪ yeah who's it, who's it huh? ♪ ♪ willy's back with a brand new beat now, ♪ ♪ yeah doin' it doin' it up! ♪ heyyy yeah, try
Dec 31, 2012 4:00am PST
threshold for tax increases to $450,000 in the fiscal cliff showdown. this offer was made to republicans over the weekend. this is the final day of the fiscal cliff countdown. the possibility of tax hikes, spending cuts, and a recession all looming at midnight. democrats and republicans turning to their so-called closers to cut a compromise deal. vice president joe biden, senate minority leader mitch mcconnell working behind closed doors, two men who have worked together for 20 years. the ho use and senate back in session in just a few hours. we're not seeing much progress. one significant stumbling block has been sidestepped. republicans reported dropping their demand to slash social security cost of living increases, the chain cpi that had been briefly on the table. what are the chances we'll get the deal done today? let's listen to republican congressman jason chaffetz earlier on "starting point." >> the united states senate hasn't passed a budge net four years. they have not brought up a single thing for vote on this particular bill. come on, the senate has got to do their job. that's how it works around here. >> more of the same old blame game. senators telling us it's the house. house telling us it'
Dec 24, 2012 4:00am PST
talk about the fiscal cliff. one is the bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 that the democrats claim they want to protect for most americans. they all voted against them. they didn't want them in the first place, but now they recognize how terribly important they are, they claim. for two full years, all of 2009 and all of 2010, obama was president. you had a super majority of democrats in the house and the senate. they could have passed making permanent those tax cuts for l all, some americans, people making less than $250,000 a year, they could have done that. they didn't. why do you believe the democrats really want to do something they no longer have the votes to do when they could have done it when they had the votes. that's one part of the fiscal cliff. the other part is the sequester, which saves money. the president wants to end that. and the third part is $1 trillion in obama's taxes. that's the obama care taxes they hid from you because they're all scheduled to come in after he got safely elected. >> let's go back to the bush-era tax cuts. for you, given your position, that's rea
Jan 1, 2013 4:00am PST
for an additional $1,000 trade-in allowance. year and a new agreement on the fiscal cliff. >> the bill as amended is passed. >> just hours ago the senate reaches a deal to avoid major tax hikes and spending cuts after some serious back and forth on capitol hill. >> i'm interested in getting a result here. >> i'm disappointed that we weren't able to make the grand bargain as we tried to do for so long but we tried. >> no deal is better than a bad deal and this looks like a very bad deal. >> with the deal now headed to the house floor for a vote, will it survive? this morning, what's in this agreement and what it means for you and your taxes. happy new year, i'm john berman. soledad o'brien is off today. >> good morning i'm christine romans. >> and i'm ali velshi. it is tuesday, january 1st, a special fiscal cliff edition of "starting point" begins right now. >>> our starting point in the special fiscal cliff edition of "starting point" is breaking news, a fiscal cliff deal struck in the senate overnight. now our paycheck and the u.s. economy are in the hands of the house of representatives. this is the latest, a bill crafted by vice president joe biden and minority leader mitch mcconnell passed 89-6
Dec 25, 2012 4:00am PST
fiscal cliff was supposed to be an incentive to do, we're expecting now that this is just some measure to avert the fiscal cliff which is the tax hikes, the spending cuts, each if they deal with the spending cuts and we're waiting to see what the measure will look like. i know what a hard-hitting white house reporter you are. i want to know whether it's apple kay, pumpkin pie or peekan pie for the president and first family on christmas day. any news on the menu? >> reporter: no, i am still waiting to find out. maybe we'll find out a little later today. you don't frequently find out until they have just released it, until the white house releases the information so we'll be standing by to let you know how the president spends his holiday. nothing on his public schedule, but, you know, he normally visits with troops so we're expecting he might do that today here in hawaii. >> that would be a wonderful way to spend christmas day. brianna keilar live from honolulu, hawaii, thanks. >>> other stories in the news, all day and all night this christmas people in newtown, connecticut are paying tribute to sandy hock's victims. a kindl is being lit for each children a
Dec 28, 2012 4:00am PST
the handwriting on the wall. do you cut taxes, do you cut spending, what do you do? >> set the fiscal cliff aside for one moment. you've done extensive research on recovery from recessions. where are we in the current recovery? what in your estimation does 2013 look like from an economic standpoint. >> fairly normal from world war ii financial crisis, housing recovers on cue five or six years later. the good news is that there's stable underlying growth. the bad news is you don't get the zoom you got out of it during the depression. >> we're in year five of a seven year process. >> more than seven years. >> last time you were here you said we were half way through regardless of who wins in 2012. the next four years would not look much better than the past four years. >> we're going to have, i don't know if not very much better than the past four but we're not going to have fantastic growth. unemployment will take many more years to feel normal, so we have many years left in the recovery but hopefully in two or three years we feel like we're moving there and not at the starting point.
Dec 27, 2012 4:00am PST
five days to act to avoid the fiscal cliff. here's what happens if we go over the fiscal cliff. all the bush tax cuts, all of them will expire with taxes going up an average of $1600 per household. the payroll tax holiday also expires. that means the tax burden will go up an average $z700 per household extra. extended unemployment benefits expire so collection shrinks from 93 weeks to 26 weeks. the medicare doc fix expires, that means a 27% cut in physician payments. the alternative minimum tax expands to 27 million more americans and obama care taxes hit, meaning a 0.9% jump in the medicare payroll tax for those earning $200,000 or more. but what about the house of representatives? they left town after republicans failed to bring a vote on their own plan b last week. ohio republican congressman steve latourette seems kpas rat -- kpas rated about all of this. you're on your way out and you repudiated the norquist pledge which you signed back in 1994. tell me why? >> well, i repudiated it because, listen, it's not 1994 anymore. the world has moved on. we have the euro, we've had september 11th, a lot of th